3502613: History of Architecture 2

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Semester:SS 13
Type:Lecture / Exercise
Scheduled in semester:2
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:24.0 L / 18.0 h
Self-directed study time:27.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2008)


Looking at the cultural and socioeconomic context in which architects operate, case studies will go beyond built products and situate theoretical concepts in their time. The course is premised on texts and designs of architects from the last third of the 20th century. Lectures, analysis and active participation in discussions are integral to the class.

Lecture Goals

What is the discourse of architecture? Why do certain periods give particular relevance to discourse, and why are there ‚theory heavy’ periods? We will look at the work of certain figures who, facing criticism and professional controversy, positioned themselves at the crossroads of theory and practise. We will see how their discourse was conditioned by historic dynamics and by the publics of architecture. These dynamics will be compared with the context of practice today.

Learning Outcomes

The interaction of writing and design allows us to see how architects reflect their own discipline. Students learn to assess the intellectual environment of built and written ideas. The question of disciplinary boundaries and, in particular, of autonomy will be discussed as a key aspect of architecture history. Issues raised in this class will also contribute to students’ understanding of the background of contemporary architecture production.

Lectures Method

Lecture, discussion and thematic concentration in seminar mode
interim group presentations and final exam

Admission Requirements

  • Admission requirements for the Master of Science in Architecture Degree Program


  • List of readings provided by the lecturer

Exam Modalities

A written exam and in-class presentations


The course has to be passed with a sufficient grade (minimum grade of 4.0).
The module grade will be determined from the weighted average of the single course grades.

Theory of Architecture 2 33%
History of Architecture 2 33%
Perception of Architects 2 33%


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  • PAR_MA History of Architecture 2 (SS 13, bewertet)